A former Wetherby High pupil who set her sights on competing in the 2016 Paralympics – despite being recently diagnosed with MS – has been given helping hand by people from the town.
Track sprinter Kadeena Cox, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, who is a national standard athlete, was presented with a racing bike to expand her options from Dean Buckle of the Wetherby Bike Shack.
She was also gifted £250 cash from the town’s Lions’ club, and also has support from Sant Angelo’s restaurant.
Miss Cox was rushed to hospital last year having had a suspected stroke. She was competing in Loughbrough when she realised something was badly wrong.
At hospital she was told she had suffered a stroke but after months of therapy made a good recovery, spurred on by a place she had been offered on a talent programme for the winter sport of bob skeleton.
However she failed a medical test and so vowed to go back to sprinting, returning to training and doing well.
After working hard to recover, she had another blow when she became ill again and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Since her diagnosis Kadeena has been determined that MS will not win. She has set up a website http://www.kadeenacox.co.uk where Kadeena states: “MS is just a bully that I defeat every morning, when I get up.”
Robert Rolfe, president of the Wetherby Lions’ Club, said: “Kadeena is determined to continue her training, with the objective of competing in the 2016 Summer Paralympics. We wish her every success.”
Kadeena earlier said: “I am never giving up on my dreams. I want to get better to represent my country.
Kadeena, from Chapeltown, Leeds, was a member of Leeds City Athletics Club, then joined Sale Harriers. Her achievements include reaching fourth best in the country at the 200m.